Thomas Haden Church
Thomas Haden Church
Thomas Richard McMillen
June 17, 1960
Woodland, California, U.S.
|Education||Harlingen High School|
|Alma mater||University of North Texas|
|Occupation||Actor, director, writer|
Ned and Stacey
George of the Jungle
|Partner(s)||Mia Zottoli (2002–2008)|
Thomas Haden Church (born Thomas Richard McMillen; June 17, 1960) is an American actor. After appearing in the 1990s sitcom Wings and playing the lead for two seasons in Ned & Stacey (1995–1997), Church became known for his film work, including his Academy Award-nominated performance in Sideways (2004), his role as the villain Sandman in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 (2007), which he reprised in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) and his role of Lyle van de Groot in George of the Jungle (1997). He also made his directorial debut with Rolling Kansas (2003).
Church was born as Thomas Richard McMillen in Woodland, Yolo County, California, the son of Maxine (née Sanders; born 1936) and Carlos "Carl" Richard McMillen (1936–2008), who served for eight years in the Marines and who was on active duty at the end of the Korean War; after 1962, Carlos worked as a surveyor. Church's parents divorced and his mother moved to Texas. She remarried in 1969, to widower George A. Quesada, a veteran of an Army Air Forces reconnaissance unit which served in Guam in World War II. Church took his stepfather's surname for a time but changed it to 'Haden Church', extracted from the names of other relatives, when people found 'Quesada' difficult to pronounce. He left high school in 1977 to work in the oil fields of Louisiana, but he returned to graduate from Harlingen High School in 1979. He attended the University of North Texas while living in Dallas.
Church started in the entertainment business as a radio personality and doing voice-over work. He changed his name to 'Thomas Haden Church', taking 'Haden' and 'Church' from his ancestry. After appearing in an independent film, he moved to California to pursue an acting career. His character delivers a love letter to Carla Tortelli (Rhea Perlman) from her deceased former lover, Eddie LaBec, in the Cheers episode, "Death Takes a Vacation on Ice". He played the part of slow-witted aircraft mechanic Lowell Mather for six seasons (1990–95) on the NBC sitcom Wings.
He worked in television for two more seasons, with a lead role in Ned & Stacey opposite Debra Messing. He has had supporting roles in films such as Tombstone, George of the Jungle, The Specials, and Demon Knight.
Church bought a ranch in Texas in 1998. In late 2000, he took a break from films. After having small roles in films such as Monkeybone and 3000 Miles to Graceland, he made his directorial debut with Rolling Kansas in 2003. He has voiceover work in commercials, such as for Merrill Lynch and Icehouse beer.
In 2003, director Alexander Payne called him regarding the role of Jack, the selfish best friend of Paul Giamatti's character, in Sideways. During the audition, Church stripped naked to read the audition scene, later saying "To me, it was painfully obvious... I was reading the scene where Jack comes in naked and there has to be in-born vulnerability in the scene." (He later found that he was the only actor to strip down for the audition). Sideways earned acclaim for Church; he won an IFP Independent Spirit Award and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
He has since appeared in films such as Idiocracy, done voice-over work on films such as Over the Hedge and starred in one of AMC's highest rated television productions, Broken Trail, with Robert Duvall, in 2006, for which he won an Emmy. In 2007, he appeared as the villain Sandman in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.Although he was not present on set he lent his voice to Sandman (digitally created) for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film Spider-Man: No Way Home, released in 2021 and linked both the Raimi and Marc Webb franchises to the MCU. Archival footage from Spider-Man 3 was used to show his human form at the end of the film. 
In 2005, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In October 2008, Church appeared as "Joe Six-Pack" in a video on funnyordie.com, challenging Joe the Plumber to a beer-drinking contest. Church starred in the FEARnet webseries, Zombie Roadkill, alongside David Dorfman. He also appeared in the HBO original series Divorce.
Church lives on his 2,000-acre (810 ha) ranch in Kerrville, Texas. During the filming of Divorce, he rented a house in New Rochelle, New York. He has two children from a former relationship with Mia Zottoli, but was never married to her or anyone else despite a 2008 article in the Los Angeles Times incorrectly claiming he was married to his partner. Church's father, Carl, died in 2008, and his stepfather, George, died in 2012.
|1990||Gypsy Angels||Roommate||1989 Version|
|1997||George of the Jungle||Lyle Van de Groot|
|One Night Stand||Don|
|1998||Susan's Plan||Dr. Chris Stillman|
|Free Money||Larry Lundstrom|
|2000||The Specials||The Strobe|
|2001||3000 Miles to Graceland||US Marshal Quigley|
|2002||Lone Star State of Mind||Killer|
|The Badge||David Hardwick|
|2003||Rolling Kansas||Agent Madsen / Trooper||Uncredited|
|George of the Jungle 2||Lyle Van de Groot||Direct-to-video|
|2004||Serial Killing 4 Dummys||Vince Grimaldi|
|2006||Over the Hedge||Dwayne||Voice|
|2007||Spider-Man 3||Flint Marko / Sandman|
|2008||Smart People||Chuck Wetherhold|
|2009||Don McKay||Don McKay||Also executive producer|
|Imagine That||Johnny Whitefeather|
|Aliens in the Attic||Tazer||Voice|
|All About Steve||Hartman|
|2010||Easy A||Mr. Griffith|
|2011||Another Happy Day||Paul|
|Killer Joe||Ansel Smith|
|We Bought a Zoo||Duncan Mee|
|2012||John Carter||Tal Hajus|
|2014||Heaven Is for Real||Jay Wilkins|
|Daddy's Home||Leo Holt|
|2017||Crash Pad||Grady Dott|
|2019||The Peanut Butter Falcon||Clint / The Salt Water Redneck|
|2020||The 24th||Col. Norton|
|2021||Spider-Man: No Way Home||Flint Marko / Sandman||Voice and archive footage|
|TBA||Chocolate Lizards||Merle Luskey|
|1989||Protect and Surf||Dwight Jesmer||Television film|
|21 Jump Street||Tony||Episode: "Eternal Flame"|
|Cheers||Gordie Brown||Episode: "Death Takes a Holiday on Ice"|
|China Beach||Jack Daniels||Episode: "China Man"|
|Booker||Leon Ross||2 episodes|
|1990–1995||Wings||Lowell Mather||123 episodes|
|1992||Flying Blind||Jonathan||2 episodes|
|1993||Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert||Nelson Hareem||Television film|
|1995–1997||Ned and Stacey||Ned Dorsey||46 episodes|
|1995||Partners||Episode: "City Hall"|
|1998||Mr. Murder||Drew Oslett, Jr.||Television film|
|2001||Gary & Mike||Additional voices||Episode: "Washington D.C."|
|The Cartoon Cartoon Show||Doo Dah (voice)||Episode: "Yee Hah & Doo Dah: Bronco Breakin' Boots"|
|Going to California||Schwee||Episode: "Apocalypse Cow"|
|2003||Miss Match||Andrew Horn||Episode: "Matchmaker, Matchmaker;|
|Lucky||Bobby Blaine||Episode: "The Method"|
|2004||Teen Titans||Killer Moth (voice)||Episode: "Date with Destiny"|
|2006||Broken Trail||Tom Harte||Television miniseries;|
|2010||Zombie Roadkill||Ranger Chet Masterson||Television miniseries;|
|2012||Regular Show||Quillgin (voice)||Episode: "The Christmas Special"|
|2016–2019||Divorce||Robert Dufresne||24 episodes;|
Also executive producer
|2021||Nature||Narrator||Episode: "Big Bend: The Wild Frontier of Texas"|
|1990||Ys||Goban Toba||English dub;|
Credited as Thomas H. Church
|2007||Spider-Man 3||Flint Marko / Sandman|
Awards and nominations
Church has received multiple awards and nominations for his roles in both television and film. He earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 2005 for his role as Jack in Sideways (2004), two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor in 2004 for the film Sideways (2004) and Best Supporting Actor in 2007 for the miniseries Broken Trail (2006), won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie in 2007 for Broken Trail (2006), and won one of three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations in 2005 for Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for Sideways (2004).
- How did Thomas Haden Church land his role on Divorce? 'I was age-appropriate', Oct. 2016 in the Guardian: As he points out, he has never been divorced (or married). “But I did go through a pretty significant upheaval several years ago. I have an ex with two children. So having gone through something as sort of life-changing as that myself … ” he trails off a bit, sounding uncomfortable, and pivots to something less personal.
- Buck, Jerry (August 3, 1992). "'Wings' Character Stumbles, But He's Not Stupid, Star Says". Deseret News. Associated Pres. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
His birth name was McMillen, but he took his stepfather's name of Quesada. He changed it to Thomas Haden Church 'because nobody could spell Quesada or pronounce it.'
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